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31 July

Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 gains Royal Assent

New Act aims to safeguard agricultural workers following the government's abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales.

31 July, 2014

Khan v Royal Mail Group Ltd & Ors

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers whether an employment tribunal has correctly applied the burden of proof in a discrimination case.

31 July, 2014

30 July

Hounga v Allen & Anor

New Supreme Court judgment that considers whether the illegality of a contract of employment, due to immigration offences, defeated a complaint of discrimination.

30 July, 2014

Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers

New High Court judgment that considers whether, when an employee leaves his employment without giving proper notice stating that he will never return, the employer can keep the contract of employment alive, so as to be able to enforce the employee's obligation not to work for anyone else, while simultaneously refusing to pay the employee any wages on the basis that the employee is no longer ready and willing to work for the employer.

30 July, 2014

29 July

Daniel v Secretary of State for the Department of Health

New High Court judgment that considers whether there was a foreseeable risk that the claimant would suffer injury to her mental health arising out of stress at work, and whether impending harm to her health arising from that stress was plain enough for any reasonable employer to realise that they must do something about it.

29 July, 2014

28 July

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

28 July, 2014

7 in 10 potentially successful Employment Tribunals not pursued after introduction of fees

New Citizens Advice research highlights that, with the government having introduced fees of up to £1,200 to access the Employment Tribunal on 29 July last year, in the six months from October 2013 to March 2014 there was a 73% drop in claims on the same period the previous year.

28 July, 2014

25 July

Government announces Health and Work Service supplier

Service - designed to help employees and employers to manage sickness absence - will be launched in late 2014 with a phased roll-out coming to a close by the end of May 2015.

25 July, 2014

Childcare options for those on unstable hours likely to be of poorer quality, says Citizens Advice

Whilst the rise in self-employment and jobs with irregular hours means working parents will increasingly depend on flexible childcare, research shows that those childcare providers most likely to offer variable hours have poorer Ofsted ratings and so will be of lower quality.

25 July, 2014

22 July

Government consults on National Minimum Wage regulations

Views sought on whether the draft National Minimum Wage consolidation regulations are clear and workable.

22 July, 2014

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